The Newsletter of Lincoln Central Association
Winner of Six APEX Awards for Publication Excellence in 2016, 2017 & 2018

May 31, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

If you've attended Lincoln Central's events in recent years, you already know that magicians play a prominent role. Their amazing illusions delight and mystify us time and again. Join us at Spring Zing tomorrow and you'll see it first hand.

Yet the real "magic" of our neighborhood lies elsewhere. Magic can be found smiles and laughter of parents and children alike at LCA's family friendly festivals. There is magic in the beauty of our parks and in the hearts of the volunteers who tend to them. Our reception-style gatherings in Fire Station Park & Gardens are filled with the magical interaction of neighbors coming together to enjoy community, conversation and the flavors of our neighborhood. The magic in Lincoln Central is undeniable.

There are those, however, who practice a different type of illusion. They appear, seemingly out of thin air, with an urgent need requiring immediate assistance. When the issues are resolved to the best of LCA's ability, they vanish as suddenly as they arrived. It's not a particularly original trick, but always mystifying.

We also frequently hear from folks in the neighborhood who've never joined our organization (or who've failed to renew their membership) to either express the view that LCA isn't doing something they believe we should be doing or to suggest that one or more of our initiatives isn't being handled to their satisfaction. Rarely, of course, are such viewpoints accompanied by offers of assistance., usually only by a lack of curiosity about how things get done in an all-volunteer organization. Amazing? No, not really; it comes with the territory.

What's actually amazing is the many of you who work together as volunteers to enhance our neighborhood for this and future generations as well as those of you who support the organization in other ways. What you help create is magic indeed, not merely an illusion. Some don't get it; some never will. That doesn't matter, though, because enough of you do.

If you've never joined Lincoln Central or haven't renewed, what are you waiting for? There's never been a better time than now to let the genie out of the bottle and share your magic with the neighborhood.

From the Heart,
Kenneth Dotson, President, Lincoln Central Association

P. S. Do not hesitate to contact me at any time at  or 773.531.5515 if you would like to learn more about LCA or have neighborhood concerns.
Saturday, June 1 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lincoln Central Park (Lincoln & Dickens Ave.)
Sunday, June 23rd | 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fire Station Park
Read more below in UPCOMING LCA EVENTS
Community and Our Older Neighbors
My wife Ausra and I (pictured here) love telling folks about LCA and our activities that draw so many residents out of their homes and careers and into an increased focus on friendships, community, and neighborhood involvement.

That's actually what drew us to LCA. You see, like so many other LCA members, Ausra and I don't live within the organization's geographic boundaries. Yet, we became enchanted by the way LCA seems to so personally connect to people, to projects and to community.

LCA's events aren't about drinking beer along a booth-lined street fair with strangers—not that there's anything wrong with that. They're more about getting to know people from our streets and neighborhoods, yearning to know each other better, and sharing interest in one another's welfare. 
My involvement in LCA feeds my need to connect with our local community. It also aligns with my professional calling. Together with Ausra, I own Lincoln Park Family Care which provides assistance to our older adults in need. (Jeff pictured at LCA's 2019 Annual Meeting.)

One such alignment involves LCA's upcoming promotion in connection with Belmont Village and Victory Gardens Theatre event to experience If I Forget. As Kathy Jordan's excellent overview of the play points out (see adjacent article), the story explores, among other things, the challenges of family dynamics and the difficulty of reaching consensus for the care of an aging parent.

( Article continued below following LCA MEMBER MILESTONES . )
The Heart of a Family
By Kathy Jordan
Even the most loving families can find themselves disagreeing about issues, especially as they grow older and see each other less often. 

These family matters are at the heart of If I Forget , a play by Steven Levenson that opens on June 7 at Victory Gardens Theater
Gathered for their father’s 75th birthday are a brother and two sisters, plus other family members. They find themselves disagreeing on a variety of subjects—the mental health of a daughter, the behavior of a son, the views on Judaism of the brother (the family is Jewish), the father’s store. A second get-together produces another issue—how to provide adequate care for their aging father.

Called “passionate and provoking” by The New York Times, the story is told with dry wit as the family discovers new things about each other and works to solve their differences in ways that will satisfy all of them. The play is scheduled to run through July 7.
Lincoln Central Association has partnered with members Belmont Village of Lincoln Park and Victory Gardens Theatre to create A Night to Remember, a special neighborhood gathering for friends of LCA on Thursday evening, June 27th centered on the hit play If I Forget .

(Learn more in the events section below.)
Saturday, June 1 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Lincoln Central Park (Lincoln & Dickens Ave.)
Spring Zing is back on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM! Now in its 6th year, Spring Zing is a fun and festive event where families and kids of all ages can experience quality professional entertainment, enjoy tasty food from local restaurants, win great prizes and much more. 

The featured entertainer, returning to Spring Zing for his fourth consecutive year, will be popular magician Sean Masterson . Masterson has been called “Chicago’s most thought-provoking wizard.”
The new Tiger Belly Bouncer, a bounce house provided and professionally staffed by LCA member and event sponsor Lakeshore Sport & Fitness (1320 W. Fullerton Avenue) will also be making its first ever appearance at an LCA event. Our friends at Lakeshore are also bringing 9 Square in the Air , Giant Connect 4 , Spider tennis and more.
Also making its first appearance ever at an LCA event will be the Professor Suds Bubble Miracle Show (pictured here). Other great entertainment will include face painting from A Real Mad Hatter , a ballon artist, bag toss, kite decorating, crafts, teaching artists from sponsor Emerald City Theatre , giant jenga, carnival games and much more.
Attendees will be able to taste food from several establishments including neighborhood gems Geja’s Café (340 W. Armitage Avenue) and Cedar Palace (655 W. Armitage Avenue).
See last year's event guide: Spring Zing 2018 Event Guide | See Photos: Album 1  |   Album 2  |  Album 3
Spring Zing is not just about food, fun and games. It's also about safety education. The Community Volunteer Corps from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will return to Spring Zing for the 5th consecutive year to provide family bike and pedestrian safety training and offer safety give-ways.

Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps , made possible by the generosity of Kohl’s Cares for Kids, is a fun, flexible way for volunteers to share important public health messages with Chicago families. Each summer, volunteers participate in approximately 10 festivals and events in neighborhoods across the city by leading interactive games and sharing health education materials. Learn more and apply here.
Sunday, June 23 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Fire Station Park
Summer Sipper will return to our beautiful, award-winning Fire Station Park & Gardens on Sunday, June 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 

Summer Sipper is a neighborhood reception-style event featuring dishes from local restaurants and dishes prepared by neighbors using herbs grown in the garden. Make sure to mark your calendar for this fun event.
LCA member and event sponsor Geja's Cafe (340 W. Armitage Ave.) will return to Summer Sipper for the fourth year to feature their famous homemade sangria, both red and white. J9 Wine Bar  (1961 N. Halsted Street), also an LCA member and event sponsor, will be on hand for the third year to offer a selection of wines to taste along with pairing tips.

Returning to the event for the third time will be prominent Chicago magician, the amazing  Benjamin Barnes . Benjamin will stroll through the event performing close-up and unbelievable illusions. 
See brief video of Summer Sipper 2018
A Private Reception and Performance of If I Forget
Thursday, June 27th | Victory Gardens Theater
Reception - 6:00 PM | Performance - 7:30 PM
The neighborhood is invited to join Lincoln Central Association and Belmont Village of Lincoln Park for A Night to Remember, an evening of hospitality, entertainment and conversation at Victory Gardens Theatre (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue) on Thursday evening, June 27th in connection with the hit play, If I Forget .

Victory Gardens is offering friends of LCA and of Belmont Village a very special value on tickets for that evening's performance. Silver seat tickets, normally priced at $51 for this show, will be available as part of this promotion for just $32 inclusive of all service charges, a savings of 39%. The ticket will also include admission to a pre-performance reception and discussion. (See instructions to obtain the discount at the end of this section.)

The evening will begin with a complimentary wine and beer reception at 6:00 PM, courtesy of Belmont Village of Lincoln Park, followed at 6:45 by a discussion of the challenges of aging including the pressures of caregiving for an ailing parent (or parents)—one of the play's key storylines.

Leading the discussion will be Carlene Motto, the Chief Marketing Officer for Belmont Village Senior Living , a twenty-five year veteran of the senior care industry. Also participating in the discussion will be LCA member Jeff Robison, operator of Lincoln Park Family Care .
While it is not necessary to be a member of Lincoln Central Association to participate in this special evening, we certainly hope you will consider joining if you are not already a member. And if you have allowed your LCA membership to lapse, we hope you will renew .

To obtain your specially priced ticket(s):
1) Go to the If I Forget page on the Victory Gardens website, select the date Thursday, June 27th and press "Book Now"

2) Scroll to the bottom of the seat map, enter the code Community and press "Apply Code ."

3) Select any of the seats designated by a silver star and press "Continue." ( Please note: The discount applies only to the seats designated by a silver star.)

4) When you press "Continue," you will be taken to a page showing the tickets you have selected. The discount will not be reflected on this page. Press "Continue" again and the discount will be reflected.

6) Checkout at the discounted ticket price.

Don't" forget!" Reserve your tickets now while they last for If I Forget .
Presenting Sponsor , Lincoln Common ; Platinum Sponsors BGD&C Luxury Homes , Geja's Cafe , Thomas Ward Insurance , the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce , Lakeshore Sport & Fitness , Cedar Palace , and the George P. White Foundation; Gold Sponsors Emerald City Theatre and *play toys • books • gifts ; and Silver Sponsors OZ Animal Hospital, the Harris Company and the partnership of Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago & Kohl's Cares for Kids .
Please remember all the sponsoring businesses and organizations when making your nominations for the Best of Lincoln Park Awards . The deadline for nominations is tomorrow, Friday, May 31st.
Fewer sponsorship opportunities are available for Summer Sipper than for other LCA events. If you are interested in joining Geja's Cafe, Belmont Village and J9 Wine Bar as sponsors of Summer Sipper act now by e-mailing or calling 773.531.5515.
We Are Now Composting at Fire Station Park!
By Rama Thoopal
Fire Station Park
We are excited to announce that LCA is now composting at Fire Station Park (1944 N. Larrabee Street) and anyone can contribute to the bin by following the composting rules posted above the bin.

And, did you know that a lot of waste at home can be composted to create nutrient rich, organic fertilizer for potted plants and gardens?  Compost your food scraps in our designated compost pallet and help us create rich, organic soil for our lovely garden. Gardeners call compost black gold with good reason!


  1. Many of the micro-nutrients in compost have a pesticide-like effect on garden pests.
  2. Composting reduces and even eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.
  3. Adding compost to gardening soil can boost the production of both edible and ornamental plants.
  4. Adding compost to soil prevents it from becoming too acidic, or too alkaline.
  5. If not composted, food scraps and yard /garden waste end up in landfills where they do not decompose. Instead, they release harmful methane – a green house gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. 
Organic waste in US landfills accounts for 20 percent of methane gas in the country. 

Organic matter which is good for making compost is classified as Brown or Green. 

GREEN (Source of Nitrogen):
Coarsely chopped fruit and vegetable scraps, plant trimmings, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, grass clippings.
You can collect your food scraps at home in a freezer and put it in our bin at your convenience. Just spread it out and layer it with double the brown material.

BROWN (Source of Carbon):
Always add a generous layer of BROWN materials on top of your green layer. These include leaves, leaf mulch, twigs, straw or hay, cotton fabric, paper (newspaper, paper plates, coffee filters, napkins, writing paper), cardboard (without any waxy coating)
We have collected leaves in bins for you to use.
Please do not put animal waste, weeds, black walnut shells, chemically treated wood, plastic bags, meat, fish, fats, bones and dairy. Doing so will attract rodents and other unwanted pests. Please do not put ANY plastics - even ‘biodegradable’ plastics. Such plastics are only compostable in industrial composting facilities.


If you have any questions or doubts do please email .
Park Improvements and Volunteering
Volunteer, Rama Thoopal, participated in the Peggy Notebaert Museum Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) training this spring and secured $250 in goods for the park. 

With this funding, LCA volunteers are installing a rain barrel and obtaining native perennials to fill in the gaps. The fencing around the vegetable beds has been removed and the soil enhanced with 12” of high grade garden soil for improved growth of our vegetables! LCA is pursuing a new design and funding for the fencing. 
LCA is collaborating with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School students who are growing vegetable seedlings in their greenhouse, to be planted by them at the Park later in the season.
Girl Scout Troop 20429 from Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School (pictured here with LCA volunteers Sally Drucker, Nancy Morris and Laura Meyers) is earning merit badges by volunteering for several hours at the garden this season.

We are still looking for volunteers to help us garden at Fire Station Park this summer.  See the full volunteer schedule here. The season’s volunteer workday schedule is posted on the shed. ( You can also see the full volunteer schedule here. ) Please join us!

We look forward to seeing you at the Park on Sunday, June 23rd from 5 to 7 PM for the 5th Annual Summer Sipper.
Summer Activities
The Bauler Park Advisory Council (BPAC), a committee of Lincoln Central Association co-Chaired by LCA Vice-President, Anne Moore, and LCA member Dennis Hack, along with LCA Board member Jerry Swarzman have planned a summer of fun activities, informal gatherings and Park District sponsored programs for the Park! 

For updates follow LCA and BPAC on Facebook.

A full listing can be found below in the MORE UPCOMING EVENTS section or by clicking the button below.
Up and Running for the Summer
The fountain is running again and the star magnolias have finally bloomed at Lincoln Central Park headquarters for LCA's 6th Annual Spring Zing scheduled for this Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 PM

Girl Scout Troop #20429 from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School will be earning badges this summer by installing a butterfly garden for all to enjoy! Learn more about this project in the next edition of From the Heart .

We hope to see you at the Park tomorrow, Saturday June 1, for Spring Zing!
Special note:  Lincoln Central Association regrets any inconvenience caused by the decision made last fall to lock the gate at the back of Fire Station Park which leads to and from the alley. Unfortunately, vandalism by a small number of individuals accessing and departing the Park via that gate made this step necessary. Please help us protect this Park by calling 911 if you witness vandalism or any other illegal activity occurring in the Park. Feel free to contact us at   if you have any questions or concerns. Individuals wishing to help protect this Park by contributing to the security system may send a directed donation using this form .
Serving With Heart
Ben Hosek, formerly Engineer at Fire Station 22 at Armitage & Larrabee, was recently promoted to Relief Lieutenant in the 1st District which covers downtown, Lincoln Park and the lakefront area. Congratulations, Ben!

Ben is a valued member and friend of LCA. He has been LCA's liaison at the firehouse for our work at Fire Station Park and has provided much assistance for us. Ben has also been responsible for arranging Engine 22's visits to LCA events for the last several years.
Despite the promotion and transfer, we'll still see Ben at Engine 22 on occasion. Relief Lieutenants are not assigned to one specific firehouse. Instead, they fill in when assigned officers are on vacation, injured or sick. According to Ben, "I'll work E 22 when the Captain is off. My heart is still in Lincoln Park."

Read more about Ben and Engine 22 in the September 2015 issue of From the Heart and read about his 2004 life-saving mission to rescue a 60-year old Lincoln Park Zoo employee who had been attacked and severely mauled by African lions in the Zoo's outdoor lion moat.
An Artist With Heart
Congratulations to LCA member and friend, Josh Moulton as he celebrates the 8th anniversary of Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery (2218 N. Clark Street) on June 1.

"Being a small business owner in a big, expensive city is difficult enough. Doing it as an artist took a leap of faith and a belief in myself," said Josh. " It’s been a journey learning the ins and outs of owning a storefront retail business. What works... what doesn’t. Mistakes and successes. Weeks of terrible weather and not getting any foot traffic. balanced by random amazing sales that seemingly came out of nowhere."
He added: "I am grateful to LCA for the role they've played in my success. At a time when my business was slow, they introduced me to a family who has become an important client commissioning multiple paintings. Kathy Jordan's feature on my work in the LCA newsletter led directly to McCaffery Interests licensing several of my images and commissioning others for the Lincoln Common development." (Moulton's painting Bending Chicago is pictured here).

You can read more about Josh in the September 2017 and June 2017 issues of From the Heart.

Note: LCA members in good standing receive a 20% discount on purchases at Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery.
Running With Heart (and a Repaired One)
Congratulations to LCA member Mark Buciak for completing his 40th consecutive Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th, 2019. Buciak, 58, is the runner from Illinois to have ever achieved that milestone.

More remarkable is that for the last 13 years Mark has been running with a heart surgically repaired using a cow valve. On April 16, 2006, he completed his 27th consecutive Boston Marathon only 11 weeks after his aortic valve was replaced by one from a cow.

Mark and his wife Barrie Brejcha have been LCA members for several years. They live on Howe Street with their daughters.

Read more about Mark's remarkable story in this Chicago tribune profile .
Know of an LCA member or member business who has reached an important milestone? Let us know by emailing .
continued, A Heart for Seniors
I am quite familiar with those dynamics through my profession, so LCA asked me to share my experiences to help frame some of the issues confronted by the play.

 In many cultures around the world, older adults are revered as featured guests of community gatherings and events. In the U.S., many older adults are alone with no nearby families, and they often find themselves isolated from our frenetically-paced world of careers, kids, and personal interests. It leaves many with only a few holidays each year that allow them to connect with their neighbors, their friends, and even their families.
The Robisons at Green Lake, Wisconsin
But times of need are rarely predictable, convenient, or easily identified. It requires our attention. It leaves many with only a few holidays each year that allow them to connect with their neighbors, their friends, and even their families.

We shouldn't wait for the holidays to pay attention to changing situations. A simple checklist can help us become more effective guardians for the older adults in our neighborhoods, families, or friend circles.

  • Has their demeanor, personality, or mental acuity changed?
  • Are they less social, harder to reach, or withdrawing from contact?
  • Do they have new and noticeable physical ailments or limitations?  
  • Has their physical appearance or attention to grooming changed?
  • When you are invited into their home, is it in the condition you are used to seeing it?
  • Is their home's exterior showing signs of neglect or disrepair? 

So often we are told to respect others' privacy and to s tay out of their business. But prompt timing is crucial in many situations. Tactful observations and questions, and a respectful, caring approach to share your concern directly with a loved-one, friend, or neighbor can be important in unwrapping an individual's acute needs before these needs require emergency response.

Susan McDaniels, a Chicago north-side licensed clinical social worker who works primarily with seniors and their family members, told me that intervening before there is a crisis, "gives individuals, family members and their loved ones more options and control over life-changing situations and greater options for long term planning. And it alleviates worry and reduces anxiety for everyone involved."

If you don't feel you have a strong enough relationship to approach someone directly, consider reaching out to your local Department on Aging. A local social worker, psychologist, or field of aging professional like me can also provide a second opinion or support. You might look to recruit one of these resources as a partner in offering your concerns. Doing so could lessen the chance of your neighbor, friend, or loved one feeling embarrassment or defensiveness as you look to help them address a previously unseen, unknown, or neglected challenge. 

One thing is true for most of us: Change is easier to manage when it isn't an emergency. When we feel informed with time to react, we can more easily manage any situation.

I hope to see you at LCA's upcoming Spring Zing (Saturday, June 1) and Summer Sipper (Sunday, June 23rd). And, I encourage to join us at Victory Gardens on Thursday evening, June 27th to enjoy a night of community and a performance of If I Forget.
Jeff and Ausra Robison own and operate locally-based Lincoln Park Family Care which provides living assistance and care to older adults living on the north-side of Chicago. The Robisons are Lifetime members of Lincoln Central Association and actively volunteer for many the organization's initiatives. They live on Altgeld Street in Lincoln Park.
Support Businesses Who Support LCA
Celebrate the Lincoln Park business community and nominate your favorite neighborhood spots for the 2019 Best of Lincoln Park Awards brought to you by o ur friends at LCA member and event sponsor Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce .
Honor the businesses and people that make Lincoln Park a great place to live, work, and explore. Nominations are now open through today, Friday, May 31, in eleven categories.

Winners will be announced on Facebook Live on Thursday, June 20. 

When making your nominations for the Best of Lincoln Park Awards , remember the organizations who support LCA through event sponsorship. The deadline for nominations is today, Friday, May 31st.
Wednesday, June 5
Presented by Belmont Village Senior Living
Join LCA member and event sponsor Belmont Village of Lincoln Park at their event on Wednesday, June 5, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for Whole Brain Fitness: A Road Map to Successful Aging at Stratford on the Park (2300 N. Lincoln Park West).

The event will feature gerontologist and memory care expert Beverly Sanborn, who will delve into the key components of successful aging and how to maintain function even after cognitive
changes have started. 

Wednesday, June 12
Presented by Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative  will host its Spring 2019 program The Battle of Lincoln Park: Reflecting on our neighborhood’s complex history on Wednesday, June 12 at the Lincoln Park Student Center.

The program will feature author Daniel Kay Hertz as he traces the urban renewal path that began in the late 1950’s and discuss the ensuing gentrification process through the following decades.

Friday, May 31
Deadline for Best of Lincoln Park
Our friends at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce want to know what your favorite neighborhood spots are for the 2019 Best of Lincoln Park Awards! The deadline for nominations is today, Friday, May 31. Learn more here.

Saturday, June 1st
6th Annual Spring Zing
Join us for an afternoon of family friendly fun at LCA's 6th Annual Spring Zing from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Lincoln Central Park (corner Lincoln & Dickens).

Saturday, June 1st
Old Town Garage Sale
Residents of Old Town's Park Court West Townhomes will host a giant, joint garage sale on Saturday, June 1 from 9 am to 4 pm in the alley between the 1700 blocks of St. Michael's Court and Cleveland Avenue.

Saturday & Sunday, June 8th & 9th
2019 Old Town Art Fair

Tuesday, June 11
Family Night at Bauler Park
Join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for family night at Bauler Park. The night will include old fashioned games and fun for the whole family brought to you by the Chicago Parks District.

Wednesday, June 12
DePaul's "The Battle of Lincoln Park"
On June 12 at 6:30 p.m., the DePaul Student Center will host "The Battle of Lincoln Park: Reflecting on our Neighborhood's Complex History." For the event, author Daniel Kay Hertz will trace the urban renewal path that began in the late 1950's and discuss ensuing gentrification process through the following decades.

Friday, June 14th
Community Bonfire in Oz Park
Gather around the campfire and see Oz Park in a new light from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 14th. Learn more .

Friday, June 21st
Make Music Chicago at Bauler Park
Make Music Chicago is a citywide celebration of music in Chicago. Every June 21st, Make Music Chicago brings together Chicagoans to celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability or preferred musical style. This year, three musical acts will come to Bauler Park on June 21st between 4-7 p.m.

Sunday, June 23rd
5th Annual Summer Sipper
Summer Sipper will return to our beautiful, award-winning Fire Station Park & Gardens on Sunday, June 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Summer Sipper is a neighborhood reception style event featuring dishes from local restaurants and dishes prepared by neighbors using herbs grown in the garden.

Saturday, June 29th
Fifth Star Band in Bauler Park
The Fifth Star Band will perform at Bauler Park at 3:45 PM on Saturday, June 29th. Formed in the summer of ’16, The Fifth Star Band is a youthful group of raconteurs looking to make their impact on the music landscape with their soulful jazzy twist on American Traditional Rock. The performance is brought to you by LCA and the Bauler Park Advisory Committee.

July 3 - August 9
Rollin' Rec at Bauler Park
Every Wednesday and Friday between July 3 and August 9 from 2 - 3:30 p.m., the Chicago Parks Department Rollin' Rec activity van will come to Bauler Park with sports, games and gymnastics.

Tuesday, July 9
Family Night at Bauler Park
Join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for family night at Bauler Park. The night will include chalk art and fun for the whole family brought to you by the Chicago Parks District.

Friday July 19th through Sunday, July 21st
Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd
Chicago Craft Beer Fest

Thursday, June 27
LCA Monthly Board Meeting    
LCA Board meetings are normally held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in the back room of the Marquee Lounge (Halsted & Armitage). Meetings are open to the public.

Saturday & Sunday, July 27th & 28th
36th Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Saturday, August 10th
Radium Swing Band in Bauler Park
Radium Swing Band will perform in Bauler Park at 3:45 PM on Saturday, August 10th. The acoustic band plays the hot gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt of Paris from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including vocals, clarinet, violin, accordion, bass and guitars. Bring your dancing shoes and your berets! The performance is brought to you by LCA and the Bauler Park Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, August 13
Family Night at Bauler Park
Join us on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for family night at Bauler Park. The night will include BINGO and fun for the whole family brought to you by the Chicago Parks District.

Saturday, September 7
All-Age Olympics at Bauler Park
Join us on Saturday, September 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. for the All-Age Olympics at Bauler Park. The event will include sports events for kids and adults.

Thursday, September 12th
6th Annual Evening in the Garden
Evening in the Garden is a neighborhood reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in our beautiful, award-winning Fire Station Park & Gardens. Hors' d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Stay tuned for additional details.

Saturday, October 26th
12th Annual Howler at Bauler     
The 12th annual Howler at Bauler will be held at Bauler Park on Saturday, October 27th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
Values from the Heart  is a benefit made exclusively available to LCA members who are current on their dues and otherwise in good standing. The program offers on-going discounts and other meaningful values from a select number of businesses in or near our neighborhood. Participating businesses are offering these values as an expression of their appreciation for LCA’s contributions to the community and to acknowledge those who support LCA through their memberships.
Hosted LCA Members for Exclusive Event
Thanks to LCA member and event sponsor  J9 Wine Bar  for hosting LCA members on Wednesday, May 15, for a free wine tasting reception. The event featured hors d'oeuvres paired with a selection of wines from the  Loire Valley region  of France.

This special event attracted members from throughout the neighborhood. Many who attended were first time visitors to  J9 Wine Bar  while many others are now J9 regulars who were first introduced to the establishment at a previous LCA event.

"This event was a great opportunity for me to meet and network with my neighbors," said Anne Marie Arpaia, new LCA member. "It was also nice to get better acquainted with this charming neighborhood restaurant and discover new wines that I hadn't tried before."
LCA members receive an on-going discount of 21% at J9 Wine Bar (1961 N. Halsted) including on the purchase of tickets for J9 events that have an admission fee. LCA members can obtain the discount code for ticket purchases by emailing us at .
From Our Friends at Geja's Cafe
Neighborhood treasure,  Geja's Cafe , offers LCA members $19.71 off of every  premier dinner  at Geja's each time you dine there. You must present a valid LCA membership card to receive this value. (This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.) Make your  Geja's reservations  now to take advantage of this generous value for LCA members. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer and have not yet received your new LCA membership card, simply email .

Long cherished for special occasions, Geja's is increasingly recognized as the perfect place to simply connect making every visit there a special occasion. In 2017, Geja's was voted  Best Place to Dine in Lincoln Park . In 2015,  USA Today  named Geja's as  The Most Romantic Restaurant in the Nation.
Learn more about additional special values for LCA members.

The Sheffield National Historic District has made the top of the list of endangered places on the 2019 Landmarks Illinois list. This Historic District is significant because it is one of the best examples of a late 19th century neighborhood in Chicago. However, for over 25 years, historic buildings have been torn down at an alarming rate to make space for new construction. Learn how you can help here .
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